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Name 086538
Title External and internal heating in the old pulsar PSR B0950+08


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-[xxxxxxx]
Author Dr George Pavlov
Description PSR B0950+08 is a 17 Myr old bright radio pulsar at d=260 pc. X-ray observations of this pulsar provide a rare opportunity to test models of polar cap heating by precipitating magnetospheric particles, while the UV-optical observations can test models of internal heating in neutron stars, which are determined by fundamental properties of matter. The only previous XMM-Newton observation was not deep enough to reliably separate the polar cap and magnetospheric components, while optical observations with ground-based telescopes lacked the needed angular resolution. The proposed deep XMM-Newton observations, supplemented by an HST observation, will be the most detailed multiwavelength study of an old radio pulsar to date.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2020-05-16T19:46:40Z/2021-06-07T02:42:30Z
Mission Description The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.
Creator Contact https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/xmm-newton-helpdesk
Date Published 2022-06-22T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2022-06-22T00:00:00Z, 086538, PPS_NOT_AVAILABLE. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-[xxxxxxx]